Painter Lintong's studio is hidden inside a townhouse with a garden on an old rural street.
He dedicates his time here to create a unique world of wood carving paintings.
Initially an expert in photography, Lintong earned international certifications and various art exhibit awards.
He put away his camera and picked up a paint brush in 1996; he decided to put down his paint brush and picked up a graver in 2011.
Upon walking into his studio, you'll notice that his canvas is multi-dimensional, using various types of wood materials to explore creativity.
It wasn't painted using a brush initially, but a graver to carve the lines.
Lintong said that his initial thought was just to make the painting more multi-dimensional by using an embossing board prior to coloring.
He found out by surprise that it would naturally create the 3D effect doing it that way and fell in love with this formula for creation. The artwork is very distinctive.
For instance, there is the woodcut of a nude woman at a corner of the studio. If you change your perspectives, the shadow of the nude woman appears to be undulating.
Lintong utilizes various creative techniques in producing over one hundred art pieces that are finding their ways into many people's favorite collections; there are only sixty some art pieces left.
He started out using a tungsten graver for his artwork, but later found out to his surprise, the chainsaw gave better results. Although it's heavy, he still decided to switch to the new tool.
He brought us into his workshop to demonstrate the process of using a chainsaw in his artwork.
Upon entering the front entrance, the townhouse feels like a longhouse. Following the artist's footsteps, going through all kinds of wood materials and passing by a vivid courtyard, we arrived at his workshop.
He picked up the chainsaw and turned on the power. The chainsaw looked like a gigantic paint brush!
This formula for creation is actually quite toilsome, making it at least 3 times as time consuming as working a regular flat canvas.
It was initially a flat oak with an outline sketched using a red crayon. After drawing a few strokes with his chainsaw, he was already wet with sweat.
Lintong said that a painting is a life, and the one done by wood carving is akin to a brand-new life shaped from the old one.
For instance, he reworked and lacquered a cypress wood board that was almost rotten. It became a new piece of art after putting it into the wooden frame symbolizing its revival.
Compared to typical works done on the paper or canvas, every one of his paintings is distinctive.
It's like putting a soul into an empty body, making the process of painting more challenging and more fun.
According to Lintong, each and every one of his wood boards not only possesses a different grain, but also a different skin texture despite the fact that some were cut down from portions of the same piece of wood. They are like twins, but still distinguishable from each other.
Moreover, some wood boards come from different places and even become covered in wounds going through the growing process.
Every painting challenges the artist himself to overcome how to find a suitable way to attain a more perfect soul.
This is analogous to the life that we all lead, the way everyone deals with it is not exactly the same.
For example, inside the painting by the door entrance is a small boat. From entering the door to walking inside, it's almost like seeing different landscapes from different perspectives.
The very first stage of this art creation is to sort out the wood board, remove the original scars and adjust the composition.
The part where carving and baking take place is akin to bringing a soul back to life from death. At last, color painting is added to perfect the artwork.
Painting can heal wounds. Painter Lintong believes that people can further understand the essence of life through wood carving paintings.
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